Journey in Hope
I know some say that life is about the journey, not the destination. But as I read Luke 3:1-6, I begin to questions this. The passage says, “The crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” It points to an end, a destination, a state of arrival; our Christian hope in the birth, death and resurrection to new life together.
This has me thinking about the importance of destinations. When we’re traveling somewhere, most of us can handle detours. But we sure don’t like to be lost! I think the same is true in life. We can handle unexpected twists and turns, but we cannot like the sensation of drifting through life without a destination.
It is also true, however, that some of us have been on detours so long that we’ve forgotten the destination. We’ve lost our way and now drift through life. It can happen without us realizing it, and is among the reasons we are called out of the wilderness and into community in this season.
As we move into Lent, a season of introspection, preparation and expectation, it’s a perfect time to ask if we know where we’re going in life. This next month, take some time to consider the question, “Where do I sense God is leading me in my relationships, my work, my health, and in my spiritual journey? And how may I respond with renewed commitment and hope?”